Youth organisations and individuals have blamed former Former Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Saviour Kasukuwere for failing to protect the $10 million Youth Development Fund from abuse during his time as the minister in charge. This follows revelations that less than 20 percent of the beneficiaries managed to repay the loans. The fund was set up and administered by the governemnt in 2012 to help unemployed youths become self sufficent.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment chaired by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena (Zanu-PF) heard allegations that most of the people who benefitted were not ordinary youths but civil servants who worked in the Ministry of Youth.
Said one contributor:
We also agreed with Minister Kasukuwere that there be a youth office here in Victoria Falls, but it was not taken seriously
We went to one of the financial institutions and were told that the money was already exhausted.
Some of the people who benefited were from the Ministry of Youth and not ordinary young people. It was not done in an orderly way.
Mayor Justice Wadyajena is a politician, who was elected to be the Member of Parliament (MP) of the Gokwe-Nembudziya constituency after the July 31st election of 2013 in which the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu- PF) won. He is the current Parliamentary Portfolio Committee... Read More About Justice Mayor Wadyajena
Saviour Kasukuwere is a politician, businessman and farmer. He is the former Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and National Housing and former Zanu- PF national political commissar. Saviour Kasukuwere was expelled from Parliament as the (Mount Darwin South) legislator in November 2017. Read More About Saviour Kasukuwere